Cigar Review: El Triunfador No. 2

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El Triunfador No. 2

Wow, I once thought the Epernay line by Illusione could be one of the only lines to make a mild bodied/full flavored cigar, I was wrong. El Triunfador by Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson is a flavor bomb. Pete Johnson crafted a cigar that was made in the traditional Cuban fashion and made to be similar to that of medium bodied Cuban cigars, he was successful on all levels. The cigars is made with a Habano Ecuadorian wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers and binder. I picked out the Belicoso Fino vitola, No. 2, in the line and the cigar measure 5 1/2″ with a 52 ring gauge. The wrapper is beautiful brown in color and had some minor veins present but none enough to hurt the burn. It is slightly oily to touch and has a wonderful aromas of dark cherries, spices and wood. Of course the cigar is made by Don Pepin Garcia and is made in his My Father Factory in Nicaragua.

The cigar begins very soft with wonderful notes of cherries and leather, and it is accompanied by slight hints of spices. With the first third there are notes of cocoa that play with dark cherry and spices and the cigar still remains relatively mild. Entering the second third the flavor remains very complex with an increase in spices and body. Notes of cherries and cocoa still remain prevalent and a hint of coffee begins to emerge towards the end of the second third. The final third of the cigar is probably the fullest part of the cigar and in some ways the most complex. There are lots of coffee notes but you can still pick up heavy spices with cocoa and dark cherries. The cigar burned incredibly even throughout the whole smoke and never got hot.

Tatuaje Cigars are meant to be comparable to Cuban Cigars and this cigar definitely shows those qualities. I am not saying that Cuban cigars are better than non-Cubans but they definitely have a certain unique quality to them. I found that this cigar could compete with a Cuban Ramon Allones Specially Selected, Romeo Y Julieta Churchill and the Partagas Serie P No. 2. I give this cigar a 93 and can’t speak anything but praise about it. This is a cigar that you enjoy now or even rest and enjoy later on in life, a masterpiece you may say.

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Tabacos El Triunfador

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